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Last full month to save 40% off certification exams

Microsoft Partner Network competencies show your customers that you have proven capabilities and expertise on the latest Microsoft technologies. Right now, you can purchase packs of certification exams at up to 40% off. In addition, each voucher comes with a Second Shot if retakes are needed. Order packs before May 31, 2014 and be sure to use them before they expire at the end of the year. US

The Codesign Co-operative Story

_Guest post from Cameron Wall, Founder of the Codesign Co-operative - a recent addition to the BizSpark Network Partner family._ In 2013 after running software development teams for over 15 years, and with the recent rise of agile and lean development methodologies coupled with free cloud based collaborative tools I realised that just about all of my developers and designers had side projects

New agent for Application Insights available

We are excited to announce that there is an updated version of Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) available now. Performance counter collection frequency was reduced from 5 minutes to 1 minute for standard and custom counters so you’ll see trends more granularly and faster. There are also improvements in our log collection feature and bug fixes improving agent stability.  This agent version standa

Using Power Map to light up the vast ALM Rangers community

We recently asked our Rangers if anyone is interested in created one visualisation of the distribution of ALM Rangers around the globe. Chris Margraff mentioned Microsoft Power Map for Excel. It is a three-dimensional (3-D) data visualization tool which allows us to plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data on a 3-D globe and over time, and create visual tours to share wit

Day of Unity events coming to a city near you!

Microsoft will be hosting “Day of Unity” events throughout the US this month and next. The goal of these events is for beginners and advanced developers alike to learn about Unity and the Windows platform.There will be prize giveaways, free food, and a lot of fun to be had.When and where?Click here to see all the dates and locations.I personally will be at the following:4/22 – Sunn

A downright cheap Windows Phone which isn't actually "cheap"

If you are in the US, you might want to run to your nearest Microsoft Store (or go to MicrosoftStore.com) where you can currently buy a contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 for $59, including a free case.This phone is on a pay-as-you-go deal, and you might choose not to go - which means you can still use it on WiFi. Best of all, it can be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1, so it's ideal for testing your

Tech Days 2014 – April 16 – 17 World Forum Den Haag

Tech Days is the annual Microsoft Conference for software development, software architecture and IT solutions in the Netherlands. The Tech Days conference covers the full spectrum of Microsoft development technologies with sessions about Modern Application Development, Cloud, Web, Phone, Visual Studio, User Experience, Management, Deployment, Security and much more presented by the world's best sp

Top 10 Microsoft Developer Links for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

*Brian Harry: Is Microsoft abandoning TFVC in favor of Git? *Visual Studio Blog: Using Visual Studio to build Universal XAML Apps *This Week On Channel 9: Build.Reflection *Robert Hedgate: Windows Phone 8.1 for Developers–Application Bar *David Paquette: Improve your JavaScript with Web Essentials and JSHint *Eric Law: Managed Code Browser Extensions *Windows Apps Team: Build 2014 hi

Where’s That Record? (Rohit Agrawal)

Today we will be exploring some new features introduced in the Office Developer Tools – March 2014 Update that make filtering rich sets of data easier – Table Sort, Search bar and auto-complete support for modal picker. These features work with both LightSwitch HTML client apps and O365 Cloud Business Apps.For the following example, I created a new LightSwitch HTML application and attached it

OneNote Tip: getting ToDo checkboxes to work a little better with tables

Reader Heather C. contacted me recently with a question about how to get table rows to show with ToDo tags. Here's what she had on her page:But when she looked at the tag summary, neither the capybara nor chihuahua was shown.The reason this happens is that the tag is associated with the text - not the table row. Since the first cell in each row is blank, the tag summary does not bother to

DirectX 12 Developer Videos

DirectX 12 developer session recordings now available!Missed us at GDC and BUILD? Check out the DirectX 12 developer session recordings below to learn more about the API or just watch some cool demos!DirectX: Evolving Microsoft's Graphics PlatformIn this session, Anuj Gosalia, Partner Development Manager at Microsoft, along with representatives from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Turn

Application Insights Webinar April 17th 8:00am PST

If you are looking to get started with Application Insights I will be hosting a webinar Thursday 8:00am PST where I will be walking through a getting started session looking at Availability Monitoring, Performance Monitoring, Usage Monitoring and how to make all this actionable!Register for event: https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032582723&IO=fI2a9

Introducing the Visual Studio ALM Rangers – Barry Paquet

_This post is part of an ongoing series of Rangers introductions. See__ _Ranger Index (Who is Who?)_ __for more details._Who are you?I am an ALM practice Director (West Coast) for InCycle Software and Entrepreneur (think Micro ISV). I’m a product management junkie, agile advocate, and SAFe consultant.  As Director, I’m fortunate to lead a team of highly talented experts that help organizat

Reno Hackathon 2014

Congratulations to the winners announced at the Reno Hackathon!Many of the participants used GameMaker by YoYo Games to create an app.  A testimony to GameMaker Studio is that most who were using it were doing so for the first time – and of that group, some had no development background whatsoever! This was highlighted in the news coverage by KRNV Channel 4 as seen here:Although the partic

Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service limited public preview now available

Posted By Barb Edson_General Manager, Marketing_I recently discussed the Internet of Your Things, Microsoft’s point of view on the Internet of Things (IoT) — essentially the opportunity for businesses to connect data from devices and sensors with the cloud and business intelligence tools to gain new insights, optimize processes, identify new revenue opportunities and more.Read More...C

Big news from Microsoft’s big data event: Delivering a data platform for the era of ambient intelligence

Posted By The Windows Embedded TeamIn San Francisco this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlined Microsoft’s path to deliver a platform for ambient intelligence, including the new Internet of Things cloud service, Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service.Read the full press release here and more from Windows Embedded’s general manager Barb Edson here.Read More...Comments I

Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality – STPCon April 2014

I had a great audience for my presentation of Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality.  I really enjoyed the questions and discussion afterward.  The decks can be downloaded here:PowerPointPDF

VM Agent and Extensions – Part 2

The previous blog ‘VM Agent & Extensions – Part 1’  hopefully gave an overview of VM Agent, its benefits and information on how to create new VMs with VM Agent enabled. In part 2 of this blog series, we’ll discuss two key scenarios – enabling VM Agent on existing VMs and from VMs created from disks.1        Enabling VM Agent on Existing VMs:If you have an Azure VM that was created before th

Unrecognized configuration section appSettings

Problem description: A 64bit managed .Net service crashes with an exception "Configuration system failed to initialize" on a Win7 X64 OS.I launched the App.exe in the debugger(http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463009) and took a crash dump http://support.microsoft.com/kb/286350 You may also run the following command: cscript adplus.vbs -crash –sc "<Path>App.exe"After analy

Introducing Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool 2014

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of a new version of a very popular Security Development Lifecycle tool –Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool 2014. It’s available as a free download from Microsoft Download Center here.Threat modeling is an invaluable part of the Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process. We have discussed in the past how applying a structured approach t

SDL Process Templates for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013

Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of a new version SDL process templates:*Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) for Agile 2013 plus Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)  *Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF) for Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) 2013 plus Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)   This version of the SDL Process Templates is specific to the M

Understanding Maximum Dynamic Memory from inside a VM

Dynamic memory is a great feature that allows Hyper-V administrators to get better utilization of their physical memory.  But it can be hard to tell what is going on from inside of a virtual machine.  There are, however, some things that you can do from inside a virtual machine.The first thing you can do is see how much memory is currently available to your virtual machine.  This is just the

Security improvements in Windows 8

Support ended for Windows XP last week. That means technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.To stay protected, you can upgrade your current computer or buy a new one. Windows 8.1 Update runs on a wider variety of devices, so you'll have more to choose from, including budget-friendly laptops and tablets.Windows 8 secur

Authoring Windows 8.1 Apps in XAML

At the BUILD conference last week, we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 and Blend for Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. We have been busy improving the overall experience of XAML development in Visual Studio and Blend, and this post gives you an overview of some of the cool new features we have added to this Update that you might have missed amongst all the other big and excit

Erreur de certificat sur https://download.microsoft.com

En cette période de faille sur l’utilisation de OpenSSL, certains pourraient s’inquiéter de voir une erreur de certificat sur l’une des adresses qui pourrait être utilisée pour le téléchargement des correctifs Microsoft ; à savoir https://download.microsoft.comCette erreur est attendue car Microsoft recourt à des fournisseurs dits “Content delivery network” ou CDN. Ces fournisseurs tels que A

Pebble Watch: Some clarification

In two blog watching sites, there may have been some confusion about my role, I am NOT a Microsoft Engineer, I am a Microsoft Technical Evangelist, different job roles.  Very different.  Microsoft Engineers are productive, useful, hard working and create things that are used billions of times a day.  Me, I spend most of my day trying to figure out how I can go surfing more often.  Or if the surf i

Issues with VS Online - Resolved - 4/15

Final update: 2014/04/15 16:10 UTCIssue is now mitigated.  SQL Azure root caused this to be an issue related to reconfiguration delays due to a primary node failure (typically happens during deployments) that caused a few of our collection databases to be unavailable for a brief period of time.  As it stands currently the issue has been resolved and service is performing normally.  We apologi

Calling O365 APIs from your Web API on behalf of a user

This post will show how to create a custom Web API that calls the Office 365 APIs on behalf of a user.BackgroundHow about that title?!?  That’s pretty geeky.I’ve been working with a customer who is interested in the new Office 365 APIs that were announced at SharePoint Conference.  They are building multiple client applications that will consume their custom Web API endpoints.  They did

Azure from the Linux command line (part 2)

Hi!About a month ago, I wrote the first blog post of this series where I have shown how to set up the xplat-CLI (Cross Platform CLI) on Linux and I described how to create IAAS VMs on Azure.But the approach described had one important drawback: It creates the VMs with a default user and password, but not with an SSH key set up to login.So let me fix this here.When you're familiar with

New tools released on SDL

Microsoft MSF for CMMI 2013 plus Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42519Microsoft MSF for Agile 2013 Plus Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42517Microsoft Threat Modeling Tool 2014http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42518


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